Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

Mennonite in a Little Black DressMennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to give this 3 stars but I cannot bring myself to do it.

First, it is an enjoyable book.  I loved the stories about her family & her Mennonite background.  But she needs a better editor.  Perhaps I would feel different if I had read it instead of listening to it.

I don't know.

I really didn't like how the story was laid out.  The reader gets the impression that out of the blue her husband leaves her.  We find out later on that their relationship had always been tumultuous.

Then in the chapter about her brothers she (or the narrator) regularly interchange her brothers names.  One minute Caleb is the older one and Aaron is the younger, then vice-versa.  It was very confusing.

I also had hoped for a little more depth on why she left the Mennonite faith when the culture is so obviously ingrained in her personality.  Plus, I wanted her to delve more into her relationship with her father.  He is mentioned in passing.

A bit disappointing intellectually, but cute anecdotes about growing up Mennonite.

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